NCAA sanctions prohibit the Nittany Lions from participating in the postseason until the 2016 season, but those sanctions are not standing in the way of Penn State from scheduling a game to offset the ban.
And as Penn State coach Bill O'Brien continues to build for the future, that future might include a trip to the Emerald Isle.
Speaking at a banquet on Saturday night, the Nittany Lions head coach said the idea to play overseas was definitely in the works.
"We are definitely looking into playing in Ireland, no question about it," the Patriot News reported. "We're working on an opponent and we're working with the Big Ten on that. So that's something that's definitely in the works."
Notre Dame and Navy kicked off their 2012 seasons with a game at Aviva Stadium in Dublin -- the first college teams to play in Ireland.